On todays rainy day, I fondly remember spending most of my summer on the sandy, arid terrain of Cape Cod, MA. A welcome respite from manicured lawns and perennial gardens are the wildness of protected seashore and marshland.
Cape Cod’s milder winter climate and its nutrient poor, fast-draining soil allow a lot of plants to succeed over those in my New Jersey garden (think rosemary, 20 ft privet hedges, yuccas, etc). Ideal for plants native to the Mediterranean region it is no surprise to encounter the family-owned lavender farm in Harwich, MA. Visiting a few weeks past the final harvest did not diminish the olfactory experience of the surroundings.